Scientists in Cyprus have found that a corner of a room is the safest place to hide from the powerful shock wave caused by a nuclear explosion after running a computer simulation of a catastrophic event.
The scientists warned about this in a research paper published in the journal Physics. of Liquids on Tuesday assured that those unfortunate enough to be near the epicenter of the explosion would instantly evaporate, but even those who were very far away would still be at risk even if they stayed inside.
Dimitris Drikakis, who led the team at the University of Nicosia, told the American Institute of Physics that the study “shows that high airspeeds still pose a significant risk.”
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During the study, it turned out that the explosion could cause a shock wave with a diameter of about 5 kilometers, with a strong wind capable of destroying dilapidated objects, as well as injuring or killing people.
According to the magazine, concrete-reinforced buildings are more likely to survive the wind, but those inside will need to reach certain locations within seconds of the explosion to stay safe.
Ioannis Kokkinakis, one of the authors of the study, showed that the most dangerous indoor places to avoid are windows, corridors and doors.
Advanced computer simulations created by the team have shown that tight spaces inside buildings can dramatically increase air speed, as the shock wave also causes the wind to veer away from walls and around corners.
The team showed that under such conditions it is possible to create a force 18 times the weight of the human body.
According to Kokkinakis, “you can protect yourself from high air velocities by staying in the corners of the wall facing the direction of the explosion,” even if the room is facing the explosion.
Drikakis warned that even if a survivor managed to survive the trauma by hiding in a corner (or corners), they would still have to contend with “increased levels of radiation, unsafe buildings, damaged power and gas lines and fires.”
The authors of the article believe that their results can be used by the relevant authorities to change the instructions on how people should act in the event of a nuclear explosion. It can also be used by architects to report on new concrete building designs. However, the Group hoped that such considerations would never be necessary.